NEW FOR 2013:

- Powertrain grade braking in normal transmission mode.
- Paint changes: Champagne Silver Metallic added.

For 2013, the GMC Yukon XL gets powertrain braking in normal transmission mode and a new shade of paint. That’s it, that’s all.

Also sold as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the Yukon comes as the regular-wheelbase Yukon (covered in a separate article) and long-wheelbase Yukon XL, available as a 1500 or 2500 (three-quarter ton).

Trim levels are SLE, SLT 1SC, SLT 1SD, and Denali, All trim levels are available with 2WD or 4WD, except for the Denali available with 4WD only.

Yukon XL can also be ordered with a 5.3-litre V8 or 6.2-litre V8 that is the sole choice in the Denali. The Yukon XL 2500 uses a 6.0-litre V8. All conventional models use a six-speed automatic transmission.

Features on the SLE include 17-inch alloy wheels (16-inch on 2500), tri-zone manual climate control, black assist steps, privacy glass, heated mirrors, black roof rack side rails, variable intermittent wipers, fixed-delay rear wiper, cruise control, rear auxiliary heater, driver information centre, tire pressure monitoring system, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, power windows with driver’s express-down, cloth 40/20/40 split-bench seat with six-way driver’s power adjustment, 60/40 split-folding second-row bench, CD/MP3 stereo, Bluetooth connectivity, XM satellite radio, locking rear differential, trailer package, remote vehicle starter, automatic headlamps, keyless entry, OnStar, and anti-theft alarm. The Yukon XL includes a removable 50/50 split-bench third-row seat that is optional on the regular-wheelbase Yukon.

The SLT 1SC adds tri-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, roof rack crossbars, centre floor console, power-adjustable pedals, garage door opener, six-way leather bucket seats, six-CD/MP3 stereo, Bose premium sound system with subwoofer, second-row audio controls and headphone jacks, rear parking assist, and OnStar with Directions & Connections Plan.

The SLT 1SD adds heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-release fold-and-tumble heated second-row seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and power-folding exterior mirrors.

The Denali builds on the conventional SLT 1SC and adds 20-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, colour-keyed assist steps, Denali-specific full chrome grille, power liftgate, power-folding heated mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming integrated turn signals, reverse tilt and puddle lamps, chrome roof rack side rails, power sunroof, heated washer fluid system, cargo compartment mat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated leather-wrapped and wood steering wheel, heated and cooled 12-way perforated leather seats, heated second-row reclining bucket seats with power-release fold and tumble, Bose luxury sound system with AudioPilot noise reduction, road-sensing suspension with rear air auto-level system, and heavy-duty cooling package.

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